Auli
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Brief

The snow covered Himalaya surrounding you while you rush down the slopes at breakneck speed. If that is your idea of a grand holiday and a fun time, then Auli is the place where you should plan your next holiday. Located in the state of Uttarakhand, this ski resort is situated at a height of 2500 m above the sea level. Falling on the way to Badrinath, Auli has come into recognition only in the recent years. For a long time it had been in the shadow of Shimla, however now it is fast becoming one of the most popular skiing destinations in India.

The air is cold, fresh and scented with pine, the skies are azure blue.  Auli, Uttarakhand is a calm and rush free sight that has all thge nature's aura striking it. Tourists thoroughly enjoy pelling fluffy snow balls over each other. Auli is much more than just a Hill station.

The official language of Auli is Hindi. The local people also speak Garhwali. Being a tourist destination, English is also understood in this town, especially around the main attractions of Auli. Some of the local people also speaks Tibetan and Nepali.

 
Travel Tips

The best season to visit Auli is all through out the year. Tourist attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing and is best during November to March. May to Novmeber offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors. December to February is snow bound and chilly. The roads are very dangerous in winter. Also, while going out, remember to carry your own food as food shops are not readily available.

 



When to visit

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Things to do

If adventure sport is what gets you going, think no more and book your tickets to Auli. The snow capped terrain of Auli is ideal for skiing enthusiasts. And given that it is an emerging tourist destination, you can have all the fun you want without the loudness of a bustling tourist destination. If you want to, you can also get yourself enrolled for a certificate course at the local ski training centre. However, it is not only skiing that draws people to Auli. The place is also known for its scenic beauty. The majestic peaks of the Himalaya provide a breathtaking view to the tourists. Some of the most famous peaks of the Himalaya, like Mana, Nanda Devi, and Kamet are part of the surroundings of Auli. You can spend all day relaxing on a chair and looking at the changing colour of the peaks with the different positions of the sun in the sky.

You can also go to Clifftop Club and get a view of the highest artificial lake. While the lake has been created to supply snow for skiing when there is no snowing, the lake does provide a remarkable sight. You can also go and take a look at the hydro power project on river Alakananda. The hydropower plant is located at a distance of 5 km from Auli. And that is not where it ends. You can go on a trekking expedition. This trek forms an integral part of any trip to Auli. The trekking route will take you to some of the most picturesque locations amidst the snow clad terrains. Usually the trekking can be finished in one day. You can also take a trip on the ropeway at Auli. It has the distinction of being the longest ropeway in India. This ropeway runs all the way from Joshimath to Auli, covering a massive distance of 4 kilometers. The cable car is famously known as ‘Gondola’, with both a chair lift and a ski-lift. The enchanting view of the Himalayas while travelling is mesmerising and all this comes at a bare minimum cost of approximately 400 INR for a return trip from Auli to Joshimath or from Joshimath to Auli.

 
Getting Around

Getting around Auli can be a bit tricky as the roads are not maintained very well.

You can take a cab or rent a car to take you to different places. If you wish to go to the nearby towns, you can do so by boarding a bus which leaves from the local bus stand at fixed hours.

 
Places to Stay

As a developing tourist location, there are a variety of options for you to choose from when it comes to picking your accommodation. There are alpine cottages and log cabins that give you the full experience of living on the slopes of the highest mountain range in the world. The cabins and tents are provided with all the necessities of comfortable living. You can of course choose to stay in a hotel. There are a number of guest houses and resorts in the region for you to choose from. 

The GMVN(Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) Tourist Bungalow Syalsaur, Rudraprayag, the Maya Deep herbal resort, the Bhatt resort are some of the commonly known budget hotels at Rudraprayag. You can also find dharmashalas which can offer you both food and lodging at a more economical price.

 
How to Reach

  • If you are planning to go by air, you can take plane to Jolly Grant airport in Dehra Dun. It is connected to the airport in Delhi. From the airport, you can rent a car to reach your destination for an approximate cost of 4000 INR. The distance between Dehradun and Auli is about 179 kilometers.
  • It is the best way to reach Auli. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar. After getting off at the Haridwar station, you can arrange for a cab to take you to Auli. The details of the train and tickets can be obtained from online sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • In case you decide to reach Auli by road, you can take a bus from Delhi or Joshimath. The buses can be of various types, ranging from luxury ac buses to ordinary travel coaches. There are both state run and private buses. You can also take a cab or rent a car to take you to the hill resort of Auli. One of the most picturesque ways of reaching Auli is by travelling in the ropeway. It is one of the major attractions of the journey to Auli.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Spread in and around Auli are some of the most famous tourist spots and pilgrim destinations in India. You can take a trip to Vishnuprayag. It is the place where the two mighty rivers Alakananda and Dauli Ganga meet. You can also go and visit Joshimath, which is famous for being one of the four ‘piths’ founded by Shankaracharya. Badrinath is quite nearby and is one of the most famed pilgrim spots in India.

Skiing in Auli - Make sure that you hav ea minimum level of fitness to reduce chances of injuries while skiing at Auli. Train for at least a month in the gym, strengthening the quadriceps, calves, abs and arms. Your body is best kept warm using many layers. Wear warm long johns under your clothes and windproof pants and an anorak on top. It's essential to start the day with dry solcks inside warm, dry boots. The body loses heat through the head, so cover it up. Make sure your cap covers your ears. Always wear sunglassses. Apply liberal quantities of sunblock and high - DPF lip balm. drink plenty of water or fruit juice, avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Visit Joshimath - The great sage Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have wandered into Joshimath and gained enlightment here.

Ropeway Ride -  Every ski destination pride itself in its cable car rides to get you to the peak of the long slopes. Joshimath to Auli Gorson ropeway system is the highest ropeway of India. This ropeway has two cable cars and has 10 towers.

Camping in Auli - is ideal for large groups and should be experienced during the summer when meadows of snow are converte into lush greenlands.

Visit Nanda Devi National Park - Located amidst the second highest peak in India, is the outstanding Nanda Devi National park with houses some of the most spetacular speies of high altitude flora and fauna in the region. Blessed with stunning views, mountainous atmosphere, abundant greenery and rich biodiversity this national park stands out from other wildlife sanctuaries. UNESCO has awarded the Nanda Devi National Park the title of a world heritage site.

Auli Gorson Trek - Some of the places in the Himalayas are famous for their untouched beauty. And one such place is the Gorson Bugyal in the higher Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Gorson is a beautiful high altutude meadow of Alpine vegetation.

Kuari Pass Trek - The alpine meadows and majestic snow-capped mountains of Kuari Pass have been attracting trekkers and backpackers alike from around the world for decades. 

Visit Trishul Peak - Amongst all the major peaks of the Himalayan range, Trishul is one of the most famous and challenging climbs for an avid trekker or trekking enthusiast. The beauty of Trishul along with the other mountain peaks in this range, is simply breathtaking and its pristine beauty draws tourists from all over the world. Climbing Trishul is not an easy task as it is mainly accomplished by experienced climbers.

 

 

 

 
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